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new guidelines are coming from the obama administration for those using marijuana for medical reasons. and please remain seated. passengers in new mexico get tossed as their bus takes an passengers in new mexico get tossed as their bus takes an unexpected detour into a pole. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning, everyone. i'm dan kloeffler. and today we begin with the whole nation taken for a ride. officials in colorado say police, along with millions of americans, were duped into believing a colorado couple's story that their young son was trapped on a homemade balloon. after a massive rescue effort and worldwide attention, it now appears the story was nothing more than hot air, meaning charges are likely on the way. jay, unfortunately it sounds like this balloon has essentially burst.
>> reporter: yeah, dan, no question about that. as investigators continue to work this case, they say they are learning a lot more about what went on inside the heene home. they believe the family had been planning what officers call a publicity stunt for at least two weeks. >> on the bizarre meter, this rates a 10, yeah. >> reporter: and that meter is still running. while the flying saucer-shaped balloon has been grounded, charges against the man who created it and his wife are still very much up in the air. >> there is absolutely no doubt in our mind that this was, in fact, a hoax. >> reporter: and investigators, say a crime. sauntd they annoyanced richard mean before and his way will likely face several charges, including three felonies that could lead to time in jail. an attorney that said he represents the couple read a statement, the heenes are more than willing to voluntarily turn
themselves in in part, he says, to avoid the public spectacle of an arrest. though some would say it's already too late for that. as investigators continue to build their case, they admit at first they were fooled. >> they met together, the way they met and established a relationship was in acting school in hollywood. needless to say they put on a very good show for us and we bought it. >> we did it for the show. >> reporter: ironically it was their family's time in front of the camera that did them in. >> it became clear to us at that point they were lying. >> reporter: the sheriff said it's one of a string of lies who heene often called himself a scientist. >> he's not the nutty professor. he must be nutty but he's not a
professor. >> reporter: the bizarre stunt created a very serious situation. so serious, in fact, investigators plan to share their evidence with federal agents to see if they have a federal case against them as well. >> thank you for that this morning. we appreciate it. officials in iran say a suicide bombing killed five senior commandos of the revolutionary guard and wounded dozen office civilians. an iranian sunni insurgent group. it occurred near pakistan where ironically a meeting was being held to promote shiite/sunni unity. self high-ranking officials, including a lieutenant commander, were killed in that blast. they pointed to u.s. and english involvement in the attacks. kak sagzs that washington categorically denies.
the obama administration is unveiling a new policy of medical mayor fwhan. users and suppliers will not be prosecuted as long as they follow state law. the move follows a campaign pledge and reflects a major shift which enforced federal laws against pot regardless of state codes. currently 14 states do allow approved patients to use medical marijuana. going forward, prosecutors will be urged not to try cases who comply with state law. officials will have to have discretion against people who use state law to cover other crimes. now here's a look at some other stories making news "early today" in america. a driver in new mexico may face charges after police say he ran a red light and crashed into a city bus full of passengers this weekend. security video shows both vehicles splashing into a light pole and overpass. riders were thrown from their seats and the bus driver was pinned in his seat for nearly
two hours. amazingly, though, no one was seriously hurt. in chicago, bidders there were all shook up over that. a pile of hair believed to be from elvis presley. it sold at auction for $15,000 to an anonymous bidder. in all, 200 items were up for grabs, including a monogrammed shirt for $62,000. barbra streisand auctioned off some of her possessions. a gown from the way we were sold for $6,000. good news for her charities since they will get all the proceeds from that sale. visitors from a museum in denver. a spirit of a dead doctor is lurking in her own home, knocking pictures off walls. earlier this month a team of pair normal investigators examined the place. now, the official results are still pending but believers say they are entirely convinced that
museum is haunted. kids still waiting for the proof. now for a look at the national and regional weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. good morning. >> how about the nor easters. two and four days. new england, you'll be happy to see the sun. fist things first. it has moved southment we are now down to 39 degrees in atlanta. we even got the chillier air through alabama and mississippi. the heart of the cold air over the appalachians. freeze warnings for tennessee, kentucky, west virginia and mountainous areas, virginia and north carolina. as the nor'easter pulls away, high pressure moves in. we will see a lot of sunshine. the cool air will be with us another day or two. at least with the sun, it's still october. the sun angle is not too bad. 60s in many areas. still lingering in the 50s for one more day, though, up there in new england.
that's a look at your chilly monday forecast. now here's a look at the weather outside your window. well, sunshine is better than clouds. temperatures will be the coldest as we wake up this morning. then as we go throughout the day, it will slowly warm up. the winds will also die down. today will feel 100 times better than it did this weekend for the mid atlantic. dan, we're returning back to normal after some miserable weather the last week. >> very good to hear. and so the week begins. thank you, bill. oil hits high, big ben speaks sdpshgs what to watch for this week on wall street. your early morning business headlines straight ahead. plus, based on a beloved children's book, yes, but it's adults who drive the wild things to number one. the saints march over the giants, brett favre stays perfect in purple, and the phillies score early and often. you're watching "early today."
good morning, everyone, and welcome back to "early today." i'm dan kloeffler. and here are some of your top headlines this monday morning. pakistani soldiers backed by u.s. soldiers are involved in a major offensive against militants right now along the border of afghanistan. both sides are claiming victories in the battles that started saturday in an al qaeda stronghold. at least 66 have died. most of the militants, according to pakistan's army. weeks after winning the 2016 olympics, brazil is trying to reassure the world that security won't be an issue for the games in rio de janeiro despite a wave of drug-related violence this weekend. a drug fight ten rival gangs killed two police officers who died when their helicopter was shot down by gang bullets floo in delaware, catholic diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection just hours before a civil trial was to begin in a sex abuse case against the diocese and a former rest.
the filing now puts that case on hold. the diocese is facing more than 100 lawsuits filed by alleged victims of sexual abuse by priests. and a 16-year-old australian girl hoping to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world without any help. the more than 23,000 mile journey is expected to take that team about eight months. now here's an early look how wall street will kick off the day today. the dow opens 9,995 points after dipping 67 points on friday. the s&p lost 8. the nasdaq, that fell as well, 16 points. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei sank 21 points, but in hong kong, the hang seng rose 270 points. last week, stocks rode wave after wave of earnings reports. there were some good news and there were some wipeouts. this week there are even more key numbers being released. traders are worried about a
too tsunami. a dozen dow xhoen ents, caterpillar, 3 m, pfizer, coke. with the dow hovering around the 10,000 mark, many feel stocks are due for a correction. one that could come this week if earnings disappoint. ation traders betting the earnings forecasts will be good sent oil prices above $79 a barrel to a 2009 high in trade this morning. as always, wall street will have an ear to a speech today. this time in california he'll be discussing asia. on the data front, tuesday, september housing starts. september's existing home sales, those numbers are due out friday. price index is set for release. analysts don't expect a change for the month of august when it rose 2%. wednesday, federal reserve will release its so-called beige book, assessment of regional
economic conditions. a swiss paper reported sunday that ubs warned u.s. customers by registered mail that their account details may be given to u.s. tax authorities. well, it's part of a settlement reached with american law enforcement looking for overseas tax evaders. the only problem, the registered mail with the bank's name on it may have in and of itself violated swiss banking secrecy laws. finally, talk about zero tolerance. serbian police have charged that nation's president with violating anti hoon hooligan law when they uncorked a bottle of champagne for recent qualification for soccer's world cup. so no one is above the law. action from around the nfl, including the latest head-shaking results from father time who currently plays quarterback from minnesota and the phillies get a boost at home while the los angeles
dodgers suffer in the wet, cold northeast. our early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. thankfully that messy storm is gone from the eastern seaboard today. chilly but much improved. the rest of the country's forecast is coming up also in your regional forecast. you're watching "early today."
good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports, may have been a cold night last night in philly but the home team was red hot. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. after losing a game they probably won, the philadelphia phillies in game 3 of the alcs. knew things were going bad when ryan howard tripleded. two runs scored. at least an rbi in every layoff game in year. jason werth third home run of the season. phils after 4-1 after one. struck out 10 over eight innings. phils won big, 11-0. they say you can't go home again and they were right. eli manning and the giants dpis mant dismantled by the saints.
saints remain unbeaten and handed the giants their first loss of the season and a big one. vikings up by as many as 14 against baltimore. down two. two seconds to play. ravens kicking for the win. but the field goal attempt sailed wide left. vikes improve to 6-0. remember the titans? last year they were one of the best teams in the league. this year, winless. against the patriots, tom brady woke up. threw for more touchdowns in this game than collins has all season. brady record five "today"s in one quarter, 6-0. 59-0. to atlanta, falcons and bears in the fourth. michael turner 40 yards on the ground but got it done when it mattered the most. last chance for the bears on fourth and six. cutler's pass fell incomplete. falcons held on to win it, 21-14. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. >> thank you, fred. it's the little fright flick
60s really from washington, d.c. southwards, even 70s in florida. it's been very nasty all weekend long, at least the sun will come out today from new york up through new england. tomorrow, another 10 degrees on top of that. if you're watching nbc 4, washington, d.c., celebrate the 200th anniversary of our 16th president's birth at abraham lincoln, an extraordinary life at the national museum of american history. that's your eastern event of the day, dan. >> thank you, bill. appreciate it. now here's a look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. the three top films earned better than $20 million apiece. now, it wasn't necessarily a surprise that where the wild things are was number one, but it was a surprise that the movies biggest supporters were adults. it took in a better than expected $32.5 million. 33% of the audience was over 18. finishing second was the tale
law abiding citizen starring jamie foxx, which also did well with adults. also outdid expectations with $20 million bucks. third place was the box office phenomenon the fall paranormal activity. 20 million in less than 800 theaters. it cost 15,000 to make and generated wild word of mouth buzz earning $33 million in just two weeks of limited release stloo this comes from wcmh in columbus, ohio, where one young man isn't letting a physical impairment get in the way of his love of skateboarding. he was born with a rare disease. though his legs can't support his body, his hands are certainly strong enough to propel him on that skateboard. brandon hopes to teach his moves to kids with disabilities. that's a great inspirational story. >> not afraid. i like it. >> not at all. i mean, up there with the best
>> good morning. the forecast today, mostly sunny skies. temperatures still below normal but it will feel better than the weekend with high temperatures in the upper 50's to maybe near 60. a great seven-day forecast to show you in a few minutes. >> see you in a bit. 4:57. here's a look ahead to 11 news today. >> baltimore city police made progress in their investigation into the hit and run death of a johns hopkins student. >> i'm brook hart in washington. the gloves come off this week in the fight for health care reform. i'll have that story coming up. >> and if your ride will take you on the top side of the beltway, we have a down pole to tell you about.
news today. >> we'll get to our big story, first a check of the forecast with meteorologist tony pann. let's just forget about the weekend and move forward. >> the football game, the snow, the cold, the rain. >> a combination of things. >> a combination of all kinds of things. we did get some snow over the weekend in some places. accumulated on the ground in the northwest suburbs, owings mills. >> look how excited he is. >> it's a twinkle in my eye. nothing like that in the forecast now. as a matter of fact, you're going to love the seven-day forecast. in the northwest suburbs you might have have to scrape a little frost off your windshield this morning. it's only 30 in york, pennsylvania right now. and 37 at b.w.i. dress for winter, but there will be plenty of sunshine today and that will push the temperatures into the upper 50's to around 60 this afternoon. it's going to get even warmer through the middle portion of the week. seven-day coming up shortly. >> you get so excited about snow, you'll probably be shoveling for everyone.